A woman in Rukungiri district was forced to sell her body in order to purchase paw paws to feed her hungry children.
Known to some as papaya, paw paws [scientific name Asimina triloba] are small deciduous tree fruits producing a large, yellowish-green to brown fruit.
Wikipedia defines a paw paw as a patch-forming (clonal) understory tree found in well-drained, deep, fertile bottom-land and hilly upland habitat, with large, simple leaves.
Pawpaw fruits have a sweet, custardish flavour somewhat similar to banana, mango, and cantaloupe, and are commonly eaten raw.
Well, in a hunger-stricken Rukungiri district, this fruit is worth having sex with a woman.
According to a video we acquired, the woman [whose name remains anonymous] says she was forced to give up her body for sex in order to feed her three starving children.
“I went to Bwambara [Bwambara Sub-County in Rukungiri district] and they had sex with me for a paw paw,” she narrates.
They [owners of the paw paws] asked for sex before they could her the fruits.
“I accepted [to have sex]. When I came back and told my family, they said I had committed a sin,” the woman sadly relates.
At home, the family apparently gave her medicine which she took before preparing the paw paws for the children.
“Fucking me for paw paws? So that I can feed my children? Hhm!” she shook her head and wiped tears.
At the start of July, former opposition presidential candidate, Wrn Kizza-Besigye, visited the starving people of Bwambara Sub-County in Rukungiri district and delivered consignments of food relief.
Last month, five people died in Bwambara Sub County following an outbreak of famine in the rift valley region in the district.
Hunger ravaged two parishes of Kikongi and Kikarara, both in Bwambara Sub County as a result of the long dry spell that hit the area for the last three seasons.
In Kikongi parish, all the 12 villages with a population of 5100 people and 1,153 households are severely affected, while in Kikarara parish, all the nine villages with a total population of 5,400 people and 1,110 households are also badly affected.
According to the Chairperson LC3, Enock Kabarebe, the sub county is one of the most water-stressed areas in the district with an estimated population of 29,800 and about 6,800 households.
The proportion of the Ugandan population living below the national poverty line declined from 31.1% in 2006 to 19.7% in 2013.
Similarly, the country was one of the fastest in Sub-Saharan Africa to reduce the share of its population living on $1.90 PPP per day or less, from 53.2% in 2006 to 34.6% in 2013, according to a September 20, 2016 Uganda Poverty Assessment 2016: Fact Sheet prepared by World Bank Group.
Nonetheless, the country is lagging behind in several important non-monetary areas, notably improved sanitation, access to electricity, education (completion and progression), and child malnutrition, the fact sheet said.